A truly terrible adaptation of the novel. In many ways, it is a guide on how to not make a book to film adaptation. Despite its 70mm cinematography, it is horribly conceived in shot selection, composition, & scene transitions. Branagh ratchets up the dramatic invention by inventing foot chases & shootouts which never occurred in Christie's novel, all which make the film duller. [cont.]
The Big Reveal is still so powerful that it should have been a springboard for a much better, much darker, Fincher-style movie, examining collective guilt, the morality of revenge, and the effects of such events on Poirot's perfectly calibrated moral compass. Those themes are only touched on here: instead, the admittedly fun cast perform like a Thursday night am-dram at a Basingstoke community centre.
Look, Agatha Christie was one of my favorites as a kid. I didn't love it or hate this movie, but I didn't felt any WOW moments. Whatever, I had goosebumps when they said "death on the Nile". GIVE ME MORE AGATHA NOVELS MOVIES RIGHT NOW!
Agatha Christie's novel features one of the most (in)famous plot twists in literature and, later on, in film. Why keep it? Why? Why? Why? Branagh is a solid Poirot, but there's nothing about this adaptation worthy of reembarking on this journey.
Yet another unnecessary remake that though often stylish lacks the wit of the pulp novel and pales greatly compared to previous versions. The adaptation makes some poor choices in its changes to plot and circumstances especially feeling the need for some extra so-called more adventurous moments. Casting can't compare to the '74 version with no one thespian really making much of an impression here. A miss.
0.5 - I've never read the novel or watched the previous adaptations, so I must've been the prime target audience for it. Don't blame it on the familiar and predictable story. There's also no blame for the actors, as most of all are nothing but glorified cameos with 2 or 3 scenes where they actually have dialogues. The problem is entirely laid on Branagh's offensively boring directing and dull build up to the reveal.